What experts say could introduce plans to expand it nuclear capabilities, China Construction of more than 100 new missile silos has begun in a desert area in the western part of the country, according to a report.
The work at 119 sites is clearly visible and resembles existing missile launch facilities, according to satellite images obtained by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The areas are not the only areas in China where launch facilities are still being built, a nuclear watchdog told the newspaper.
“If sills built in other areas across China are added to the count, the total comes to nearly 145 basements built,” said Jeffery Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, agreed to Post.
“We believe China has expanded its nuclear force to maintain a deterrent that will survive the first U.S. strike in sufficient numbers to defeat U.S. missile defenses,” he added.
“We believe China has expanded its nuclear force to maintain a deterrent that can withstand the first U.S. strike in sufficient numbers to defeat U.S. missile defenses.”
China’s work signals possible intentions to upgrade the country’s nuclear arsenal from having 250 to 350 weapons – a much more modest overall compared to the U.S. and Russia, the Post reported. – READ MORE
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